Category: Health and Education

Health and Education, News

News from the US Supreme Court

by Chloe Holowczenko, WREN Policy & Programs Assistant on Jul 16, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic doesn’t make an exception for anyone, which includes the highest court in all the land. The Supreme Court wrapped up their decisions on Thursday, July 9, which is unusually late this year; a day where they would have typically cleared out the docket for the season. Already, the justices broke tradition in

Advocate Stories, Be The Voice, COVID-19, Health and Education

A Message from the Front Line

by Dr. Jessica Tarleton, MD, MPH on Mar 27, 2020

As physicians, we are used to sometimes working in gray areas. We may feel internal unease when we counsel a patient that we are not sure whether this treatment or that will be better, but we or our patients must choose.  The gray areas of these days, though, feel different. There is duality of telling

Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, News

South Carolina Senate Advances Bill to Stop Shackling Pregnant People Who Are Incarcerated 

by Ali Titus, ACLU Policy and Communications Director on Mar 5, 2020

Criminal Justice and Reproductive Health Advocates Join Forces in Support of Passage FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2020 By a unanimous vote of 42-0, South Carolina Senators advanced legislation yesterday that seeks to limit the types of restraints used on pregnant people who are incarcerated and virtually abolish the practice of shackling people during labor, childbirth, and postpartum recovery. The legislation will return to the

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education

WREN Statement in Support of Paid Family Leave

by WREN Staff on Mar 4, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WREN Statement in Support of Paid Family Leave COLUMBIA, SC– WREN supports efforts to bring gender equity to the essential roles of working and caregiving. Paid leave would provide people of all genders with the ability to work and care for their families. This policy is essential to a healthy and functioning

Health and Education, Leadership and Civic Engagement, News

Dr. Kari Claudia Allen on Maternal Mortality

by Dr. Kari Claudia Allen on Feb 28, 2020

On Thursday, February 27, 2020 the House Subcommittee on Social Services, Mental Health, and Children’s Affairs met to hear testimony on H. 4712 (the South Carolina Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act).  Dr. Kari-Claudia Allen testified and encouraged legislators to vote in favor of the bill. Dr. Allen’s testimony begins at 3:20 in this video,

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, Policy Updates

WREN’s 2019 Legislative Session Update

by WREN Staff on Jun 4, 2019

The legislature adjourned the 1st regular session of the 123rd South Carolina General Assembly in May. While many of the state’s priorities for the year are left unfinished, WREN made progress in advancing issues affecting women, girls, and families, and successfully stopped a 6-week abortion ban for this year. The two-year session of the SC

Health and Education, Policy Updates

WREN Statement in Opposition to H.3020

by Ann Warner on Apr 2, 2019

Today I ask Constitutional Laws Subcommittee members to vote in opposition to H.3020, which would ban abortion as early as 6 weeks, regardless of a woman’s needs or circumstances. The women of our state have the intellectual and moral capabilities to make the right decisions about pregnancy and parenting. Government interference in these deeply personal

Health and Education, Policy Updates

On to the Next Round….

by Ashley Lidow on Sep 17, 2018

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) has applied for a Medicaid waiver to change the way that family planning services are delivered in South Carolina.  While the stated intentions of the waiver are to improve maternal and child healthcare, this change in policy will limit South Carolinians’ access to the health